It’s becoming increasingly popular for apps and websites to offer “dark mode” versions of their product or site.
This provides a darker aesthetic that many users prefer. Not only can it look better, but it can also reduce strain on the eyes, and cause your device to use less battery.
Most popular smartphones now offer some kind of way to switch between light and dark mode, and the Google Pixel 4A is not an exception.
You can put your Google Pixel 4A into dark mode by going to Settings > Display > then tapping the button next to Dark theme.
Now many of the apps and menus you open will have black or gray backgrounds instead of the white ones that you were used to.
The font will also switch to a lighter color instead of a black or dark gray, and many of the graphics on the screen will take a lighter tone as well.
Our article below continues with more information about dark mode on your Pixel phone, including another way that you can get to it with your voice.
How to Turn on Google Pixel 4A Dark Mode
- Swipe up on your Home screen.
- Tap Settings.
- Select Display.
- Turn on Dark theme.
Our guide continues below with additional information on using the Google Pixel 4A dark theme, including pictures of these steps.
How to Enable or Disable Dark Mode on a Pixel 4A (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on a Google Pixel 4A in the Android 11 operating system.
Step 1: Swipe up on the Home screen to open the menu with all of your apps.
Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of this menu and select the Settings option.
Step 3: Select the Display option.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Dark theme to turn it on.
Your phone will automatically switch over to dark mode after you tap this button, so you can see what it is going to look like right away.
Tapping that same button will also turn off dark mode and switch back to light mode.
If you don’t want to keep it on all the time, but would prefer to have it come on automatically at a certain time, then you can tap on the words “Dark theme” where you will be able to set a schedule for when it should be on.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about Google Pixel dark mode.
More Information on Google Pixel Dark Mode
Once you switch over to dark mode on your Google Pixel it is going to affect many of the apps that you use on the device.
However, some apps don’t take display cues from the system, and either have their own dark mode setting or don’t have any option to switch the display.
Some of the apps that will look different once you enable dark mode include the default Messages app, YouTube, Photos, the settings menu, and most of the default apps that were on the phone when you purchased it.
While dark mode might appeal to you simply because it looks better or is less strenuous on your eyes, it usually causes you to use less battery, too. The bright white screen is one of the biggest battery drains, so using darker colors is much easier on the phone and lets you get more out of it on a single charge.
If you have enabled the Google Assistant on your device then you can also tell it to enable dark mode with the phrase “Hey Google, turn on dark mode.” This is going to open the menu that we went to in our guide above, where you can toggle the dark theme setting as needed.
If Google Assistant isn’t enabled then you can open the Google app, tap your profile at the top-right, choose Settings, then adjust the various voice control options you find there.
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